Richard Kim

Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished University Professor

Dr. Y. Richard Kim received his Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University, Korea, and Master’s and PhD degrees from Texas A&M University, USA. Currently Dr. Kim is the Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished University Professor and Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University and Changjiang Scholar in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Chang’an University in China. Changjiang Scholar is the highest academic award issued to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. He has over thirty years of experience in both the laboratory and field aspects of the performance evaluation of asphalt materials and pavements.

Professor Kim is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. He is also a board member of International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP) and was the chair of the 2014 ISAP Conference on Asphalt Pavements. Dr. Kim has published over 300 papers in national and international technical journals and proceedings. He is the editor of the ASCE book entitled Modeling of Asphalt Concrete and the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering and International Journal of Highway Engineering. He has spoken at numerous national and international settings, including over 120 invited/keynote speeches.

Professor Kim teaches CE 332 Materials of Construction, CE 595A Bituminous Materials, CE 594C Nondestructive Evaluation of Civil Infrastructure, CE 755 Highway Pavement Design, CE 757 Pavement Management Systems, and CE 759 Inelastic Behavior of Civil Infrastructure. Professor Kim has advised 55 PhD students and 43 Masters students during his 30-year tenure at NC State University. His teaching and mentoring efforts were recognized by the Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship in 2012. Professor Kim has won numerous awards, including the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence (2019). The Holladay Medal is the highest award at NC State University to recognize members of the faculty whose careers have demonstrated outstanding achievement and sustained impact in research, teaching or extension and engagement. In 2016, Professor Kim became one of the eleven inaugural members of the Research Leadership Academy at NC State University. The Research Leadership Academy is the faculty-driven epicenter of research leadership and faculty mentoring enhancing NCSU’s research culture and is composed of the University’s most outstanding researchers and mentors from diverse fields.

Education

Ph.D. 1988

Civil Engineering

Texas A&M University

M.S. 1985

Civil Engineering

Texas A&M University

B.S. 1980

Civil Engineering

Seoul National University

Research Description

Dr. Kim's research interests are in pavement design and rehabilitation, bituminous materials, pavement preservation, nondestructive evaluation of pavements, and performance modeling.

Honors and Awards

  • Kimley-Horn Faculty Award, 1992
  • Walter J. Emmons Best Paper Award by the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists , 1997
  • The ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award , 1998
  • Distinguished Research Fellowship by the Korean Science and Engineering Foundation , 2003
  • Special Contribution Appreciation Award by the Korean Society of Pavement Engineers , 2004
  • Walter J. Emmons Best Paper Award by the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists , 2006
  • Walter J. Emmons Best Paper Award by the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists , 2009
  • Elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers , 2011
  • Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award , 2012
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Civil Engineering Department, Seoul National University, Korea , 2014
  • Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award , 2014
  • The ALCOA Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award , 2015
  • Elected Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, 2015
  • Elected inaugural member of the Research Leadership Academy at NC State University , 2016
  • Changjiang Scholar Award by the Ministry of Education, China, 2016
  • The R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension, 2018
  • Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence Award , 2019

Publications

Construction quality acceptance performance-related specifications for chip seals
Adams, J., Castorena, C., & Kim, Y. R. (2019), JOURNAL OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING-ENGLISH EDITION, 6(4), 337–348. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtte.2019.05.003
Development of a Performance-Volumetric Relationship for Asphalt Mixtures
Wang, Y. D., Ghanbari, A., Underwood, B. S., & Kim, Y. R. (2019), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2673(6), 416–430. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119845364
Development of a pseudo strain energy-based fatigue failure criterion for asphalt mixtures
Wang, Y., & Kim, Y. R. (2019), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAVEMENT ENGINEERING, 20(10), 1182–1192. https://doi.org/10.1080/10298436.2017.1394100
Evaluation of Fatigue Cracking Resistance of Asphalt Mixtures Using Apparent Damage Capacity
Etheridge, R. A., Wang, Y. D., Kim, S. S., & Kim, Y. R. (2019), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING, 31(11). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002870
The Performance of Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) Water-Retaining Asphalt Mixture
Geng, J., Chen, M., Shang, T., Li, X., Kim, Y. R., & Kuang, D. (2019), MATERIALS, 12(12). https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12121964
Evaluation of Chemical and Rheological Aging Indices to Track Oxidative Aging of Asphalt Mixtures
Rad, F. Y., Elwardany, M. D., Castorena, C., & Kim, Y. R. (2018), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2672(28), 349–358. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118784138
Fatigue Performance Prediction of Asphalt Pavements with FlexPAVE (TM), the S-VECD Model, and D-R Failure Criterion
Wang, Y. D., Keshavarzi, B., & Kim, Y. R. (2018), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2672(40), 217–227. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118756873
Fatigue performance analysis of pavements with RAP using viscoelastic continuum damage theory
Wang, Y. D., Keshavarzi, B., & Kim, Y. R. (2018), KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 22(6), 2118–2125. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12205-018-2648-0
Low-Temperature Emulsion Performance-Graded Specification for Chip Seals
Castorena, C., Ilias, M., Adams, J., & Kim, Y. R. (2018), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2672(28), 266–276. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118790133
Performance-Graded Specifications for Asphalt Emulsions Used in Chip Seal Preservation Treatments
Adams, J., Ilias, M., Castorena, C., & Kim, Y. R. (2018), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2672(12), 20–31. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118770169

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Grants

TOPR for Performance Related Specifications Advances Quality Assurance for Pavements
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(8/02/18 - 8/01/20)
Development of Geosynthetic Pavement Interlayer Improvements
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/18 - 7/31/20)
Ruggedness and Interlaboratory Studies for Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Cylcic Fatigue test
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(9/28/17 - 3/27/20)
Development of a Tack Coat Quality Control Program for Mitigating Delamination in Asphalt Pavement Layers
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/17 - 12/31/19)
Implementation of Shadow Performance-Related Specifications on an Asphalt Paving Project
NC Department of Transportation(11/01/16 - 12/31/19)
Backcalculation of Dynamic Modulus from Falling Weight Deflectometer Data
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/16 - 12/31/19)
Development of Small Specimen Geometry for Asphalt Mixture Performance Testing
National Academy of Sciences(1/01/15 - 6/30/17)
Chip Seal Construction Variability and Its Impact on Performance
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/14 - 8/15/17)
Comparing Performance of Full Depth Asphalt Pavements and Aggregate Base Pavements in NC
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/14 - 7/31/17)
Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(9/01/13 - 9/01/14)